Pick 5 | Places to Celebrate Independence Day

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Fourth of July fireworks light up the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Image courtesy Flickr user Chris Staley.

Independence Day is America’s birthday. And we love to celebrate the day in style, especially when it comes to viewing fireworks. This year marks the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” so expect festivities to be bigger than usual. We pick five destinations that celebrate the holiday with a bang.

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Boston
After a daytime parade through the historic heart of the city, more than half a million people will crowd the Charles River Esplanade for the famed Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The Pops is joined by performers like The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, and leads from The Phantom of the Opera’s touring company. If you just want to watch the fireworks, try viewing from across the river in Cambridge. >> Read more

Pasadena
Now in its 88th year, Pasadena’s AmericaFest is the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family-fun event is held at the historic Rose Bowl and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, and a massive fireworks display. >> Read more

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The USS Constitution, berthed at Pier 1 in Boston, fires a 21-gun salute on Independence Day. Image courtesy the Official U.S. Navy Page on Flickr.

Washington, DC
The West lawn of the U.S. Capitol welcomes host Tom Bergeron, the National Symphony Orchestra, and performers like Phillip Phillips, Patti Labelle, Jordin Sparks, and composer John Williams. Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool will illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument. >> Read more

Nashville
Music City draws the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. Let Freedom Sing features all-day festivities and concerts by the likes of Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches, followed by fireworks accompanied by the music of the Nashville Symphony. The event has been named the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA by MSN Living. >> Read more

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New York City fireworks. Image courtesy Flickr user Rob Boudon.

New York City
The country’s largest fireworks display is shot from the East River near the city’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge. More than 50,000 pounds of fireworks will light up the sky with live performances by Enrique Iglesias, Hunter Hayes, and Ariana Grande. Recommended viewing spots include Brooklyn Bridge Park, South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and the east side of Lower Manhattan. >> Read more

Happy birthday, America!

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